Oh Pherank, I bet you would like them to come to San Francisco, I would be very envious, much to far for me to come lol. Has Matilde settled in okay, do you see her perform much. I saw her as Olga in Onegin with Mathias Heymann and she was very ggod, it was an Aurelie /Nicholas Le Riche performance. Onegin is in the current season as well. But I have seen it twice 2 years ago at ROH with Alina Cojocaru another fine dancer. Must save my money for other ballets with Aurelie. In some ways I am not sure if she will continue in dance, as she seems to want to have a normal life as a wife and mother. Cannot say as I blame her after all she went into the company at 16 years old.
Mathilde Froustey is just beginning with the company, and this is normally the summer break at SF Ballet, but they are just about to leave for a tour to New York City:
Froustey dances in Suite en Blanc (not a surprise) and I think 3 other mixed rep ballets, which will all be new for her. We have a forum thread discussing the visit to NYC. So I wish Froustey bonne chance with these new works. Simone Messmer form ABT is also brand new to SFB, and will be danicng in some works for the first time. It should be exciting for the New York audiences. Hopefully the new dancers will have had enough rehearsal time, and feel confident about their roles.
The SFB regular season begins with the Nutcracker in December, so Froustey will need to learn some parts for Helgi Tomasson's version of the ballet - it is a big, beautiful production. I hope she genuinely enjoys being at SFB, and chooses to stay. We shall see!